Lawrence Taylor, a former New York Giants linebacker, was arrested last Friday for allegedly driving his Bentley into a motor home while under the influence. Taylor, 57, is being charged with a DUI. He was booked into jail in the early hours of Saturday and was released a few hours later on his own recognizance. It is unclear if Taylor has sought legal representation.
According to the police report, Taylor was headed south on Florida’s Turnpike when he reportedly crashed into a motor home that was also southbound. Taylor allegedly veered right after hitting the motor home and sideswiped a marked Florida Highway Patrol squad car that was parked along the right shoulder of the highway.
Taylor was immediately arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol. Officers who arrived on the scene claim Taylor had bloodshot eyes and appeared to have been smoking cigars. The retired Hall of Famer also reportedly had a strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage on his person.
When questioned and asked if he had consumed any alcohol, Taylor allegedly said, “Apparently too much.” Police performed a Breathalyzer test on Taylor five hours after the accident and the results showed that his blood alcohol level was between .082 and .084. The legal limit in the state of Florida is .08.
Taylor had an NFL career with the New York Giants spanning 13 years. The retired linebacker won two Super Bowls and is the recipient of three “NFL Defensive Player of the Year” awards. News sources did not mention a court date for Taylor.
A similar case was reported last week involving Joel Ross Hamlar of Pompano Beach, Florida. Hamlar was arrested last Thursday for his alleged involvement in a DUI car accident that led to the death of Deborah Etienne and the maiming of her teenage son, Jameson Etienne. Hamlar faces 29 charges including DUI manslaughter, possession of drugs, and reckless driving. He was ordered held without bond by Broward Judge Michael Davis on Friday. It is unclear if he has hired legal representation.
According to the arrest report, Hamlar was reportedly driving his 2008 Buick Enclave while under the influence when he struck down Etienne and her son, who were walking on a sidewalk in Oakland Park. Hamlar was going home after spending three days at a party in South Beach when the fatal accident occurred, sources suggest.
Hamlar’s toxicology report came back positive for cannabinoids, norketamine, ketamine, and amphetamines. Police also reportedly found bags containing methamphetamine, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia when they searched his car.
Source: 9.3.16 Taylor DUI Car Crash.pdf